Republican policy analyst (and some say, visionary) James Pinkerton tells Steve Paulson why he believes in a vastly streamlined government informed by the best of Roosevelt's New Deal. Pinkerton is the author of "What Comes Next: The End of Big Government - and the New Paradigm Ahead." Also, Robert Samuelson, a columnist for Newsweek magazine and the author of "The Good Life and Its Discontents: The American Dream in the Age of Entitlement, 1945-1995," tells Judith Strasser about the fundamental paradox of contemporary government: people say they hate big government but don't want to give up any of the programs that benefit them.SEGMENT 2:
Anne Jordan, assistant managing editor of Governing magazine, tells Jim Fleming about this year's winners of the Innovations in American Government Awards. The winners are generally collaborations between local governments and the private sector.SEGMENT 3:
Lewis Lapham, editor of Harper's Magazine, is the author of "Hotel America." He tells Steve Paulson that the nineteenth century mechanics of democracy may not work for the twenty first century; that the current vogue for "values" in politics is a distraction and racist; and that politicians are the last people we should look to for exemplars of character.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-18-A.
Paul McCready, inventor of the pedal-powered airplane, the Gossamer Condor, tells Steve Paulson about his new gizmo: the Pathfinder is an unmanned airplane that cruises at 60,000 feet for months at a time powered by the sun. McCready is the chairman of AeroVironment in Monrovia, CA.SEGMENT 2:
Dava Sobel explains to Jim Fleming how an eighteenth century woodworker built a clock that kept ships from getting lost at sea. Her book is "Longitude: The True Story of the Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time." Also, longitude is at the heart of Umberto Eco's new novel, "The Island of the Day Before." Eco tells Steve Paulson why he is fascinated by the time when the world of alchemy and religion was being challenged by the new thinking of Galileo and Descartes.SEGMENT 3:
Chindogu is the Japanese art of almost useless inventions -- things like the Hay Fever Hat which dispenses a roll of toilet paper conveniently close to your runny nose. Or Duster Slippers -- tiny mops you attach to your cats' feet so they can dust under the bed for you; or training wheels for high heel shoes. Dan Papia, president of the Chindogu America, tells Judith Strasser that not just any screwball idea can make the grade. Papia is the co-author (with Kenji Kawakami) of "101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions."For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-18-B.
UCLA sociologist Harry Kitano tells Steve Paulson that while Japanese Americans are unified relative to other groups, there is a generational split between those who lived through internment during WWII and the younger generation.SEGMENT 2:
Clair Gorfinkel, a staff member for the American Friends Service Committee and editor of "The Evacuation Diary of Hatsuye Egami," tells Jim Fleming what we learn about the internment of Japanese through the fragmentary diary, and why she was interested in publishing it. Also, David Guterson, author of the best-selling "Snow Falling on Cedars," talks with Judith Strasser about the novel and how the legacy of internment remains an issue for citizens in his community on Puget Sound.SEGMENT 3:
Film-maker Ruth Ozeki Lounsbury has a hyphenated identity - half Japanese, half American. Her film about her family, "Halving the Bones," was screened this year at the Sundance Festival. Lounsbury tells Judith Strasser why she gave herself a Japanese middle name and how she is perceived by both cultures.For cassette copies of this hour, call 1-800-747-7444, and ask for program number 02-18-C.